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Racer Needs Help! Win A Racecar!

Father's Day Race Photos!

Father's Day Race Winners:
Street - David Dupont
Non Electronics - Jim Lee
Super Pro - Fred Dudley
Top Doorslammer - Dave Walker

June 20, 2010 - It was HOT! My weather station, which reads about 4 degrees high, had a temp. of 102 degrees when I went into round 1. The official high was 96 degrees F.

I got disqualified in round one! Totally my fault. After my opponent pre-staged, I turned on my top light and then backed out, without the permission of the starter. I would not have won anyway, I could not do a decent burnout. The car would not have left straight and I did not want to take a chance. I was not mad or upset, just too hot to care! End of story.

By the time I got to round one, my ice vest had melted all the ice and I was really feeling the heat. After losing, I was too tired and hot to put the car in the trailer. The trailer has A/C, and was keeping everything nice and cool. I just sat and relaxed.

I was so hot that I did not get any photos of the awards to Silas Rogers and Wayne Henry, presented by Bracket Masters Racing Team, to the Father's of the Year.

June 17, 2010 - Clean, shine, buff, check things out one last time! I'm ready for Sunday!

June 16, 2010 - Worked on ducting cool air directly to the carb from the rear facing cowl induction hood. My neighbor, Mr. Robert Sanders, helped me fit the home made contraption to the top of the carb. This same unit has been used before on "Masterpiece". It had to be modified a lot to fit this car. It is ugly, so when you see it, you have my permission to laugh!

We had to do something about the hot air that was blowing over the carb. since we reversed the fan. It has probably been happening all along, but it is much more pronounced since moving the fan to the back side of the radiator. Now the air intake of the carb will be isolated and will only get a very small amount of underhood air. This may be worth a couple of tenths! I may have to rejet to take advantage of the fresh, cooler, air.

I broke my cell phone screen at the track Friday and yesterday AT&T sent me a refurbished "Slider" phone. So far, it is nice. It is a newer model, the same brand that I had, so it is not a Smartphone. I even got the Data Package added to it and can now get to the internet. I can also drop the data package whenever I feel like it. It only cost $16.50/month, and since my contract had run out, I still don't have a contract.

June 14, 2010 - I heard from Reggie Jackson yesterday. He took the newly painted dragster to the track Sat. for Test & Tune and made a pass of 8.51, his best ever! He is still working on finding the correct starting line RPM and the correct timing for his combination.

I took my car out of the trailer and in the daylight, Barbara pointed out that the fitting on the inlet to the trans. cooler was loose. She could see the source of the leak much better in the light when I started the engine. We had lost a 1/2 quart of fluid. So what looked like a hose leak at night was actually a loose connection.

After tightening the AN fitting on the trans. cooler, we started the engine and everything was good.

We washed out the radiator, which was full of trans. fluid, along with everything else in the front of the engine. Dawn dish washing liquid works wonders with oil, just like cleaning the birds in the marshes of Louisiana.

I put the car in the shop and re-routed the lines to the trans-cooler to take some of the vibration away from them.

I also flushed out my fuel lines, to get the Q-16 out, and put some C-14 in the tank. I only had about 1.5 gal. of Q-16 left.

So, I have decided to use C-14 for this weekend and then switch back to Sunoco Supreme. After some research of my old records, I changed the jets to 87/88 for this weekend. That should put the EGT in the mid. to upper 1200's.

June 12, 2010 (Late) - I made it to the track and made two passes. On the third try, a hose on the outlet to the trans. cooler, that I worked on all day, had a leak on the starting line. The staff at SCR saw it and backed me out. That was real good. If that fluid had have gotten under a slick, I may have been into the wall. Thanks to the SCR starting line crew!

The car ran real good and everything worked as it should during both runs. The weather station predicted 9.25, and I ran 9.248. The air was real bad.

I will replace the hose and I will be ready for Father's Day.

June 12, 2010 - Poor me! I can't seem to make my electronics work right (mainly because I keep putting the wrong data into the delay box).

I went to SCR last night and made three passes. The first in Sunoco Supreme was a 9.133 @ 146 MPH. The second on Q-16 was, 9.130 @ 144 MPH. The best news was the sound of the engine on the Q-16. The valve train sounded like the professional engines, with that rhymic sound of valves that are set correct.

On that 2nd pass, I put the time in wrong when I was distracted right in the middle of setting the delay box. The 3rd pass, the car left as soon as I pressed the button and took my foot off the brake. I was at dead idle.

I think the transmission fluid was too hot. My trans-cooler is located in a air flow dead spot. Today, I moved the fan from in front of the radiator to the backside of the radiator and moved the trans-cooler in front of the radiator in the path of air flow through the grill and the fan. I also changed the trans. fluid, which looked and smelled good.

I will try to get back to the track today, but might not make it. I have a feeling that I need a new trans. oil pump. The temporary fix is to raise the RPM above 2000 before I push the T/B button.

Changing to Q-16 and going up on jets from 89 to 93, lowered my EGT from 1360 degrees F, to 1285 degrees.

June 8, 2010 - Copied from State Capitol Raceway web site:

by Gary Carter » Sun June 06, 2010 3:06 pm

Saturday June 12th SCR will open at 5 PM for TNT. This will be open to Street cars/Trucks, Race cars/Trucks, Motorcycles, Jr. Dragsters and 4 wheelers. The track will be prepped for the full quarter mile. Gate fee will be $10 and to test will be $10 for a tech card.

June 5, 2010 - Rain, Rain, Rain!

For those of you that don't read State Capitol Raceway forum or Racepics.net Board, Top Sportsman driver, Rudy Vedros is trying to help a friend. He posted this on SCR forum.

Postby Rudy Vedros » Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:52 pm

We are having a benefit raffle to help a very good friend of ours--Michael Domingue. He was diagnosed with brain cancer about 9 weeks ago. He has a race car but will no longer be able to race. We are selling raffle tickets for $50.00 each. The winner of the raffle will win a 1974 Vega with an 18' open car trailer. The car runs 11.40's in the 1/4 mile. It is tubbed, with a powerglide, Ford 9", 355 SBC. It is ready to race. The last time he took the car out, he won the race at No Problem. If you are interested in helping us to help our friend, my e-mail is gcno@bellsouth.net . We will be at State Capitol this Saturday to race the Top Doorslammer class. Look for us there or send your contact info by e-mail and I will get back to you.
Thanks for your support,
RUDY and GINA VEDROS

June 4, 2010 - Yesterday I was summoned to come over to Reggie Jackson's home to see his new dragster's paint job. It is "Awesome", to use an overused word! I love it. Johnny Ezell painted it and it is unique. There will never be another one like it. The basic colors are blue and red. There are many others colors too along with intricate designs and what-not's. The longer you look at it, the more you see the expert detail that Johnny put into his masterpiece. I can't wait to see it out of the trailer so I can take some photos of it.

I washed the car in preparation for the weekend. I changed the jets in the carb.. Everything is ready for the Q-16 trial period. I don't think I will be racing tonight, but I should be there tomorrow at SCR.

June 3, 2010 (pm) - I checked the valve lash today. Everything is just great under the valve covers. I also re-aligned the alternator. The belt was starting to fray on the outside edge so I took out a small shim that should do the trick.

June 3, 2010 (am) - My brother-in-law, Huey Smith, is in the hospital recovering from lung cancer surgery. I visited with him today and he is doing well at this time. He is still in the ICU. Please say a prayer for Huey and the family.

I have been trying to decide on a new cell phone for the past year. Yes, I said year! My contract ran out last year in April and I have not decided on which phone to get. All I know is, I don't want to stay with my present provider and I think I want a Smartphone.

My present choice is the new Palm-Pre Plus from Verizon Wireless. The price is right and it offers a lot of nice features.

The reason I have not been able to decide is, the grand kids switch phones more often than I go to the restroom. They all have different providers and they have had a lot of different style phones. All of them now have Smartphone's. One has a HTC, one a Palm-Pre and the other a Blackberry. They are all happy with their phones now.

The most popular phone, with the best reviews, is the iPhone. I have several friends with them. All of them really like it. I don't care for the provider so that is out for me. I have a problem with being forced to purchase the Data Plan to own a Smartphone, but all providers do that and you cannot get around it (Why would you want to own a Smartphone if you don't want to use the data capabilities?).

I am going to try the Palm-Pre Plus for <30 days and if I don't like it I will switch to the new HTC Android Incredible. My third choice is the Blackberry Curve or Storm, all from Verizon.

I have been assembling a new wood file cabinet for Barbara for the past two days. It has 4 drawers and hundreds of pieces. I also have a new Bar-B-Que pit to assemble after that is done. All of these things look so good in the store, but when they come out, in that flat box, you know it is going to be a while before you get to use them. Sort of like purchasing a Delay Box, NOS kit or fuel injection system for the race car.

Looks like the racing for this weekend is going to be wet on Friday and hot (but dry) on Sat. and Sunday. Most of my friends want to get in a little tune-up before the Bracket Masters Father's Day race at State Capitol Raceway. It should be a good turnout with lots of cars, families and good food!

May 31, 2010 - I attended the IHRA Summit Pro-Am Race at SCR on Sunday. Lots of good racing, but not many people in the stands watching. There were a lot of cars in all the classes. I have not seen such a large number of Jr. Dragsters in years.

Some of the local racers did very well. Lionel Robertson, in Hot Rod, made it to the semi-finals on Sat. and the won the the first round on Sun.. Earl Folse made it to the semi-finals on Sunday and Rudy Vedros was the runner-up in Top Sportsman.

June starts tomorrow. The weather prediction is for a string of 90 degree days. Typical South Louisiana in the Summer. Wait! Summer doesn't start until June 21st! I may not take the car out of the shop until October.

My new tires came in late Friday evening by UPS. Now all I have to do is have them mounted. I am going to hold off until I get one more round of data from SCR, most likely this coming weekend, despite the weather prediction.

I want to try the VP-Q16 with no other changes, except a recommended 4 step jet change. This will be counted as one change. I have had a few conversations with Mr. Van Johnson on the subject and read everything I can find on the VP web site and some very informative information from other racers using the fuel.

May 28, 2010 - Lots of work around the house and just a little on the car. I added two more Dzus fittings to my trunk and reinforced two others back there. I also had to change out one on the hood. I like the old hood pins much better.

Haven't decided on which day I will go to the track, if any. Last weekend took a lot out of me. When I am not enjoying myself, it becomes a chore rather than a pleasure.

A set of new M/T slicks should be here today. We are going to find out how much difference they make over the Toyo slicks that I have on the car now. The best 60' I got was, 1.252 sec.. The avg. for the past 3 times at the track is, 1.298, with a best of 1.265 last week at NPRP. The tires have exactly 53 passes on them. They were put on in June of 2009. You cannot see any of the little ware cups across the face of the tire.

May 24, 2010 - After posting my comments on VP Q-16 last night, I read a lot of posts from other racers and some more comments on the VP web site. All were very enlightening.

The comments from other racers range from, very happy to cautious. Everyone seemed to gain horsepower or got quicker times. Everyone had to jet up (approximately 4 %) in order to take advantage of the benefits of the oxygenated fuel. Timing does not have to be changed.

Some people experienced deterioration of braided hose when they failed to follow VP's instructions to drain the fuel after each day at the track (These instructions are on the drum or can that the Q-16 is shipped in from the refinery). Others have flushed their lines and left C-14 or C-16 in their fuel systems, if they run every week.

In the past, I have had to replace two set of braided fuel line when I left them dry over a 4-6 month period. And that was using regular racing fuel. I have been told that braided line does not have a shelf life until it is used. Then it starts to deteriorate, and sitting with nothing in it will accelerate the problem.

There are warnings about storing the Q-16 fuel in plastic jugs (like I just purchased). The Q-16 loses it's potency when stored in plastic jugs or fuel cells, which are vented by rules. Most racers feel the extra work is worth the effort (and cost) to get the quicker times and higher horsepower.

So, be very diligent about obtaining all the information you can get before using VP Q-16. Follow all of VP's warnings and recommendations.

In my case, since I have slowed down to around 9.13 - 9.18 in the quarter (Summer heat), and I need to run 8.99 to get into Top Doorslammer. It may be a good solution for me. I think 20 - 30 HP would get me there.

On the other hand, I have a lot of time and work tied up in the AN#10 braided hose that runs from my fuel cell to the fuel regulator at the front of the engine. It would probably eat up the foam in my fuel cell too (if I let it sit with no fuel in it). Tough choice. I can always run Super Pro, Super Rod, Hot Rod, Super Street or Super Gas. I will have to wait on the <72 degree weather to run Quick Rod or Top Doorslammer.

This reminds me of all the work that Jr. Dragster owners, running Alky, have to go through when they get home. Jr. Dragsters, running Alky, are more work than the big cars, in my opinion, but it's worth it for the kids.

May 23, 2010 - Yesterday I raced in real competition at No Problem Raceway Park for the 1st time since my accident in 2006. I must admit, it was hard going back down there, especially in the left lane. I still have very bad thoughts about smacking both of those concrete walls at NPRP.

Yesterday was a big accomplishment for me. I had no trouble at all, the car went straight in both lanes and nothing broke.

When I had my accident, many people thought it was the fault of the track. That was not true! After inspecting the car, after the accident, we determined that the rack attachments came off the car and I had no control of the steering.

Last night I lost in the first round. Stupid mistake. I entered the dial-in of my opponent wrong and left very late. I dialed a 9.13 and ran 9.134 @ 145 MPH. The weather station predicted 9.138 sec., based on one run. Maybe I don't need one of those new weather stations with the fan.

Oh, bye the way, the stick-on, LED push-on light, works just great for entering changes into my delay box at night. Now all I have to do is learn how to read the scoreboard correct and put the right numbers in!

The alternator worked great. I need a new set of tires. Can't see the little ware holes any more. The best 60' time was 1.296 sec. The car did leave straight , so I will leave the adjustable shocks set at 5/12 on both sides.

I normally run 9.8 psi. at NPRP, but last night I ran only 8.00 psi. on the first pass and 8.5 on the second pass. The 8.5 psi gave the best sixty-ft. time. I normally run 7.75 psi at SCR (after much experimenting). Back in Feb. 2010, at SCR, I had some 1.252 sixty-ft. times. Barbara offered to purchase one new slick for a Father's Day gift.

I purchased 5 gal. of VP, Q16 (116 octane) race fuel last night, but did not use it.

Taken from VP's Tech Bulletin: In terms of overall performance, a vehicle switching to Q16 can expect to see substantial improvements.  A typical 550 in. drag race engine will pick up about 30 peak Hp and .03-.04 in ET in the 1/8 mile.

I have been told, by Mr. Van Johnson who uses Q-16, that I must increase my jet size by a few steps to take advantage of Q-16's performance potential. I think every car owner has to determine just how much to go up in jet size. I would recommend calling VP and talking to a Tech. Rep. before running this fuel. That's what I plan to do.

I continued to use the Sunoco Sup ream (112 octane) last night. I also purchased 5 gal. of VP C-14 (114 octane), which I will also try again. In the past, C-14 was the only fuel that I would run. Then the prices went through the roof and I looked for a less expensive alternative (Sunoco). Prices have come down some now, and C-14 and Q-16 are the same price (which I did not know when I purchased the two jugs last night at NPRP). I should have gotten 10 gal. of Q-16.

May 21, 2010 - Huey has a 30% blockage in one artery. Not bad enough for surgery so they will treat it with medications.

I went to SCR last night. Made three passes. Two time trials and a winning single pass in eliminations for a trophy in Super Pro. My first trophy since 2006.

The car ran excellent. My TAG weather station predicted, based on past performance and the current conditions, that I would run 9.21 on the first pass. I actually ran 9.154 @ 145 MPH. The second pass was aborted. I was the only car that showed up for eliminations in Super Pro Trophy class. I made the single pass at, 9.175 @ 145 MPH. The prediction was 9.16. It was very hot and muggy. My weather station, which consistently indicates about 4 degrees above the actual temp., indicated 96 degrees and 60% humidity.

In the past, running the BBC 540, it would drop off about .020-.025 during the Summer months. So this is normal for my engines.

Van wants me to try VP-Q16 race fuel. He says it will prevent the drop-off. I may purchase 5 gal. and try it the next time I am at NPRP where they sell it.

May 20, 2010 - I would love to run Friday night at SCR too. We shall see. My brother-in-law is being operated on Friday. Please say a prayer for Mr. Huey Smith.

May 18, 2010 - Spent the night driving back and forth to New Orleans, twice. My sister-in-law had to be transported to Tulane Med. Center last night and her husband had an appointment at 8 am in Baton Rouge this morning. I had to go back to N. O. to pick up my wife and sister-in-law after dropping off my brother-in-law. I was back at home by 10:30 am and slept the rest of the day.

May 16, 2010 - The rain, although it was really needed in our area, stopped all of my racing for the weekend.

Barbara took advantage of that and had me in several stores looking for things for the house. I did not have an excuse. The new carpet opened all sorts of new ideas in her head on how she wants to rearrange things in the bedroom. The carpet is a different color, so that means matching things to go with it.

I had to take apart a complete Home Theater Sound System to put the carpet in. It took me forever to get the system working again. I took the opportunity to put in HDMI and Component cables. Everything sounds good and looks better on the TV.

Postponements are stacking up at our local tracks. We were already up to "Double Points" at two races on the same weekend.

May 14, 2010 - Spent all of the last two days preparing to have new carpet put down in the bedroom and closets. You never know how much junk you have until you have to move it all. The carpet looks good.

I should be at SCR on Sat. to get some of this gas off my chest! The car is ready, now all we have to do is get the driver ready to cut some good lights.

May 12, 2010 - I replaced the starter today with a rebuilt one. This stopped the "kick-back" that I had been getting. I thought it was the high timing, but it was the starter Bendix giving up.

I have three starters, one more good one and the one that was just removed. It will be taken to my favorite electrical repair shop to get refurbished.

I found out the starter can be removed without loosing the header on the right side. The worse part of the job is removing and reinstalling the wire going to the relay. It is best done from under the car, not through the header.

The engine started up, three times, with no kick-back.

Oh, bye the way, the alternator is not "perfect" as I had stated. I need to remove three shims to get it right. It will do for now. It is about 1/8" off. We will see if the belt stays on at 7300 rpm.

May 11, 2010 - This weekend has two days of racing at SCR and a big Index race at NPRP on Sunday. The race at No Problem is 1/8 mile.

Right now I plan on running at SCR on Sat. and I will make a decision, based on how I do, where I will be on Sunday.

Looking ahead at more scheduling conflicts, the weekend of May 28-30 will be another head to head between the two tracks. This is great! Racers have a lot of choices.

May 9, 2010 - My son, Glenn Edward Holbert, received his Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership yesterday from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Glenn also holds B. A. degrees in both Economics & Finance from San Diego State University. Glenn is Vice President of Investments with Veriture Financial in Fairfield, CA.

Veriture Financial is a full service and online brokerage firm. Glenn is a licensed broker in several states, including, but not limited too, California, Virginia and Louisiana.
Email: gholbert@veriturefinancial.com. Online at: www.veriturefinancial.com

This past week has been very relaxing. Barbara and I attended three days of Revival (Theme: "Pressing On") with the very dynamic speaker, Rev. Dr. Darrell K. Shack of Greater New Liberty Baptist Church in Memphis, TN.. I was very Blessed to be able to attend all three days to hear The Word from this very interesting speaker.

Today, Mother's Day, I am doing whatever it takes to make my wife, and mother of two, grand mother of six, happy! Of course, I spend most of the year trying to make her happy. I have to admit, it is a mutual admiration society between Barbara and me. I Love My Wife!

The weather was excellent here in Baton Rouge for the past two days. Low humidity and very pleasant temps. (low 80's).

I put the car back in the trailer but I will have to remove it again. The starter is still acting up. I think it is the Bendix going bad. I have another rebuilt starter. Before the end of the week, I will change the starter. I guess the MSD Tech. Support guy was right. The Starter Saver did not solve my problem.

May 4, 2010 - I am running out of things to do. Today I removed all my plugs, cleaned them, re gaped them and indexed all of them again (except one I could not get to line up in the top half). I even set up one of those index boards that allow you to check exactly where the electrode will fall in the cylinder on all eight spark plug holes. That shows how little I have to do.

I had to send my new Nikon D90 camera back to the shop for repairs. It had taken me since December to get all the settings exactly where I wanted them. At the repair facility they reset everything to factory default. I was very upset. Sunday, in church, I could not get anything to come out with the correct color cast. It took a lot of Photoshop to save those photos.

As luck would have it, my old Kodak P712 Zoom camera was in the shop during the past few weeks too. They did the same thing to it, but it is much easier to get back to the custom settings that I had put into it (good old American product)! I still take better photos with the less expensive camera. I will get there one day.

Looks like the high temps. and high humidity are here. The air quality was even bad today. We may get some racing in this weekend, but it will be hot. Over the Winter, I purchased one of those ice vests to try to stay a little cooler in the car. In the nuclear plant where I worked, we had to wear them in the hot areas of the plant. Once you get use to the bulkiness, they are OK.

May 3, 2010 - I took the car out of the trailer and put it in the shop.

After receiving a new belt, I reinstalled and aligned the alternator. It is mounted a little better this time and aligned with a laser beam, perfectly.

State Capitol Raceway has scheduled a double points meet for the weekend of May 15-16, 2010. The points will count for the last two races of the 1st season and the first two races of season #2. The Top Doorslammer race will be on Sat., May 15th.

April 30, 2010 - State Capitol Raceway has cancelled the weekend scheduled points meet. They will reschedule in two weeks. Call the track for details later in the week.

April 30, 2010 - O'Reilly Auto Parts, 4098 Florida Blvd. (close to Baton Rouge General Hospital) is having their 2nd Annual Car Show.

The Show Is Saturday May 15, 2010 @ 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Space is limited so sign up early! Street Rod, Classic or Antique Cars are all welcome. Prizes will be awarded to best in show.
Rain date is May 22, 2010.

April 29, 2010 - I am so ready to run! I hope the weather holds off to let us get out there this weekend. Larry ("Stampeed Bandit") called earlier this week and we talked about the Top Doorslammer race this Saturday at SCR and I said, "It may rain. It's a 40% chance." Larry said, "That means it's a 60% chance that it won't!" He says his glass is always half full...

I put a MSD Starter Saver on my cars ignition system this week. It allows me to put in 10 degrees of retard while starting, instead of the 20 degrees that my MSD Digital 7 Plus system has built into it. My engine does not like the 20 degrees retard on start. I had to reset my timing because the Starter Saver has 4 degrees of constant retard built into it. This helped me out because I had run into a stop on my crank trigger and would have had to take the wheel off and reposition it to get the timing to go lower. Now I have a lot of adjustment for advance and retard. Oh, bye the way, it starts good too.

The car is all washed up, in the trailer and ready to go. I can feel a good performance coming on. Now if I can only run 8.99 to qualify in the heat. The number 16 qualifier won last race. Maybe it will be me this time (for the 1st time). And, 60% that it will not rain!

April 27, 2010 - I attended the Glen Oaks High School Sr. Breakfast today. Glen Oaks Sr., Tyre' Jenkins was given a scholarship award of $1000 from the Baton Rouge SMART Program. He will get the money once he enrolls in a institution of higher learning.

Tyre' collected so many awards he needed a basket to hold them all. The majority of the awards were voted by the students. The teachers showered him with a lot of well deserved awards also. PHOTOS

April 26, 2010 - I would advise everyone that has Impact Racing equipment to read the information at this link: http://www.sfifoundation.com/
The SFI Foundation, Inc., the certification body for most of our racing safety equipment, has de-certified racing suits, 3.2A/5, made by Impact Racing prior to 2009. The effective date is, April 27, 2010.

Most of my safety equipment is G-Force or RCI. They are not effected. Impact Racing helmets are not effected.

April 24, 2010 - What a weather day! Some rain, some shine, tornados and high winds. It was not the typical Louisiana day.

Tomorrow should be a good day for testing at State Capitol Raceway.

April 23, 2010 - The UBDRA race, April 24-25th, in Hattiesburg, MS has been cancelled.

The Saturday, April 24th race at SCR has been Cancelled.

Call No Problem Raceway Park for information on their race on Sat. April 24, 2010. (985) 369-3692.

My MSD Starter Saver is here. Looks like I have plenty time to put it in.

April 22, 2010 - Lot's of racing action around the area this weekend. Big races at State Capitol Raceway (Bash on the Bayou) Cancelled!
There is also a big 1/8 mile shootout at Hub City in Hattiesburg, MS, Cancelled! where the UBDRA is putting on the big race.
There is a race scheduled for No Problem Raceway Park on Sat. - Call the track for information.

I plan to race Friday night, weather permitting, and take the wife on a trip to Lake Charles, LA for a relaxing day on Saturday. We have Women's Day at our church on Sunday morning where Barbara has to sing and I will take photos.

I ordered a MSD Starter Saver that will allow me to put in 10 degrees of retard upon starting and come back to normal setting once the engine is above 800 RPM.

The MSD Digital 7 Plus ignition system that I have only allows you to put in 20 degrees of retard on start. My engine does not like that much retard. I am sure the new unit with 10 degrees retard will be much better.

April 19, 2010 - I just read the April 16th edition of Drag Review Magazine (DRM) and Larry Crum wrote a fantastic story on... Me!
I was very pleased with the way the story came out. If you want to see it, go to http://ihra.com and click on DRM in the upper right side, then click on the April 16th issue. Then under "Contents" go down to page 40 for the article on "Mr. Skip". It is a whole page and has three photos! This is better than hitting the lottery!

April 17, 2010 - Didn't make it to the track last night or today. Not feeling too good. The food poisoning must have been a little worse than I thought.

Congratulations to Dave Walker, again, for winning Top Doorslammer at SCR. Runner-up was Charlie Robinson on a double break out.

April 15, 2010 - Tax Day!
Last night I contacted a mild case of food poisoning. I feel much better now, but still under the weather.

Yesterday I had to sand down the front right side of my trailer. That panel is large! The wind is preventing me from finishing the paint job. The wind is also the reason I had to sand the panel.

The new issue #6 of IHRA's DRM came yesterday and there are two photos of my car from Nitro Jam! One shows Larry Crum giving me the Editor's Choice Award and the other shows Barbara and me standing by the car. Larry quoted an email that I sent him right after the event.

In preparation for this weekends Top Doorslammer race, I warmed the engine and checked the left side valves and checked to see if any more lash caps were gone or broken. Everything is in place. I also changed the jets in the front of the carb. to try to get another few hundredths out of it. I had lowered the timing last week, but I may have to go back to the higher timing. That always causes starting issues.

I understand there is a "Drivers Meeting" at State Capitol Raceway this Saturday. I did not get the email so I don't know the particulars.

April 12, 2010 - I learned a lot from my trip to the track on Friday night. I had originally planned to go on Sunday to the T & T, but decided I would like a little real competition. Some things can only be learned or experienced in real battle.

My delay box, while doing everything it needs to do, does not have a light for the keypad. This is normally not a problem, but at night, in the heat of battle, with gloves on, it is a challenge. I lost in the first round, mainly because I broke out, but I also had a bad light due to not being able to get the right numbers in the box for my opponent.

When you go up to run and your opponent is a dragster, who expects to leave last against a dragster? My numbers had to be changed quickly and that I could not do.

My challenge this week is to get a flashlight for the keypad, or to mount one of those LED lights above the keypad.

I spent a lot of time removing decals from my trailer yesterday. Today I finished painting the front of my trailer. It is came out good. I will do the back next then tackle the sides.

April 11, 2010 - Video: Van Johnson makes back-to-back runs at SCR while testing.

Video: Reggie Jackson Testing at SCR.

Video: Andrew's Truck testing at SCR. First pass, with Andrew driving and 2nd pass with "Outlaw" driving.

Video: Dixon Laiche test drives a beautiful 34 Ford Coupe.
Owner: Ben Allen, Dixie Electric

April 9, 2010 - Spent most of the day cleaning the outside of my trailer in preps. for painting it.

I decided to go the the track tonight and run in Super Pro $$ bracket. I have not had any real competition lately and I needed some competition seat time. Friday night at SCR is ideal for that.

I made two time trials, 9.02 in the left lane and 9.04 in the right lane. In the first round of eliminations, I ran a 10 second dragster and broke out with a 8.96 run (My TAG Weather Station predicted, based on just one run, I would run 8.96 on that pass, but I did not believe it!). I dialed in 8.98.

The car went straight on the first pass, got out of the groove on the second pass, but I steered it back and on the elimination run it ran real good down the right lane. It did make a little jog to the right on the launch, but nothing to be concerned about. The car ran and drove really well tonight. It is not near as violent as it was before the shock change, scaling, fixing the rack & pinion and the computer alignment. I am extremely pleased.

April 7, 2010 - Several years ago a non-profit, 501(c)(3), organization called Baton Rouge SMART Program was established. The purpose of the organization was to help students in the local community that were interested in a career in Automotive Technology. At the time, we had three high schools in our area with Auto. Tech. programs. Two of those schools dropped their Auto. Tech. programs and we did not have a good working arrangement with the other school. As a result, SMART could not carry out their primary function.

Mr. Warren Birkett is President/Treasurer of SMART and Mr. Oliver "Skip" Holbert is the Secretary. We have decided to establish new goals for the program and to become active in awarding scholarships to high school graduates. The program will expand to allow SMART to help any deserving student that wants to go on to higher education. The student will be hand picked by SMART members.

SMART has awarded several scholarships in the past to deserving Auto Tech students. The program has combined with Bracket Masters Racing Team and The Bayou Boyz Racing Team to give school supplies to local students. We also helped many students with uniforms and credentials that were displaced by hurricane Katrina.

We have asked Mr. Van Johnson to become a member of Baton Rouge SMART Program, and he has accepted.

We will start by picking a student to give a cash scholarship that will help that student with expenses when they go to the higher education establishment of their choice. The money can be used for students going to a trade/vocational school, Jr. college or college/university of their choice and can be used for any purpose.

The first recipient of the SMART Scholarship for the year 2010 is, Mr. Tyre' Jenkins, of Glen Oaks High School in Baton Rouge, LA. Tyre' is a 4.3 GPA student. Tyre' is involved in several organizations, including ROTC and Young Educated Males Against Drugs and Violence. Tyre' is a very humble young man, with excellent speaking skills, good manners, and he dresses so that we can be proud of him at any time you see him (his pants are always up). Tyre' plans to attend LSU and get a degree in Education after graduating from Glen Oaks High School. His long term goal it to become a college English teacher. Last but not least, and first in his life, Tyre' is a christian young man and thanks God for all his blessings.

April 6, 2010 - Today was a very busy day. I remounted my fan on the radiator, reset my valves on the right side only. That is a long story, but Mr. Van Johnson raised some doubt as to those valve being set correct. I could not remember if I tighten down the stud girdle on that side, so I warmed up the engine and went back in to check the stud girdle, which was tight, and while in there, I checked the valves again.

Van warms his engine and sets half his valves, then warms the engine back up to N.O.T. and sets the other side. I normally set one side, then the other, and call it complete. I normally start adjusting at about 160 degrees and finish before I am down to 130 degrees. Today, warmed the engine to 160 degrees and checked all the valves on the second side that I did last week, just to see if any needed resetting. Three of the eight were just a little loose, .001" - .002" off. The other five were correct.

I changed my oil from the Mobil-1, 10W-50, to a mix of, Mobil-1, 10W-30 (4 qts.) and Mobil-1 0W-40 (3 qts.). I also changed to a Fram Racing Filter (H4). The oil pressure at cold start was 65 psi., and it got down to 55 psi. at 175 degrees F. All of this was at approximately 900 RPM.

I also reset the right wheelie bar, down approximately 1/8". It was not contacting the track surface on launch the last time I ran. My wheelie bars have springs. I found the right spring did not have the same tension that the left one had. I reset them so they are equal. I have been told that high horsepower cars should have solid wheelie bars. If I have too, I can adjust them so the springs do not have any effect (solid).

After doing all of that, I took the car to be aligned at Joe Louis' Car Care. Joe found the front end needed a lot of adjustment, and he set the ride height. Joe has the latest and greatest computerized, automatic alignment equipment. He said I should feel a lot of difference when going down the track. That would be great. Maybe I can stay away from the left wall or centerline. The car always wanted to drift to the left, after launching hard right.

April 4, 2010 - Congratulations to Dave Walker for winning the Top Doorslammer bracket on Sat. April 3, 2010. The Runner-up was Rudy Vedros.

I watched every round's stats on www.1320go.com as they popped up on my home computer screen during time trials and eliminations. This was really nice.

I like being able to pull composite stats on each car and see those stats side by side for every run the car made during the event.

April 2, 2010 - I picked up my Rack today. Kevin has it installed already. Monday, Joe Louis will align the front end.

Video: Tony "The Fixer" Testing

Rudy Vedros and Jim Jolly Qualifying runs for Pro-Mod.

Jason Reppond Wins Elimination Run at GM Super Show in Super Pro.

April 1, 2010 - I painted, cleaned, polished and waxed the car today. I finished the list of items that Kevin told me to get done. I also planted a lot of flowers in my front yard.

I re-did the Dzus fittings on the left side of my trunk lid. They have given me trouble since day one. I think I have them solved now. Just waiting on the rack to come back.

I will probably miss the Top Doorslammer race this Sat.. Looks like the weather is going to be good for the race. Of the eight scheduled Top Doorslammer races, we only have to count 6 of them. Missing this one will not hurt so much. There is another one in two weeks.

Jeremy Herbert, my grandson is 20 today. Happy Birthday Jeremy!

Charlie Robinson at Test & Tune, Mardi Gras Nationals. March 5, 2010 Video

March 31, 2010 - Video: Silas Rogers, Jr. at the Mardi Gras Nitro Jam time trials, no throttle-stop, March 5, 2010.

Kevin "Outlaw" Gray removed the rack last night and I took it to Sonny today.

Sonny had outpatient surgery on his right knee Monday and is just getting up. While I was there, racers called to wish him well, and those wishes and prayers are mine as well. We talked, exchanged racing stories and philosophy for about 1/2 hour. He is doing well.

I should have my rack back by the weekend, so that would mean that I don't race on Friday or Sat. of this week. Easter weekend will be a good time to spend some time with the family. Jeremy is 20 tomorrow and we will probably have something for him on Friday evening.

Every time Kevin gets close to my car, he has to do an inspection of everything on the bottom side. Last night was no exception. I have a list of 6 items to work off of things that he did not like. I agree with all 6 items, and will start to work them off today. He is a very good inspector. He looks at things different than I do, and that's a good thing. Houston and Van do the same thing. We all need an extra set of eyes (and knowledge) some time.

March 30, 2010 - I hope everyone is enjoying the videos from the GM Super Show.

The latest on my car is, I talked to several people about the rack. Should it be replaced or repaired? The consciences is, repair it. Kevin "Outlaw" Gray recommended repair and so did "Sonny" at Pro-Fab. Kevin removed it today and will re-install it after it is fixed. Sonny will make and install a Teflon bushing to replace the original bakelite bushing.

After the work is complete, I will probably take it to Joe Louis' Car Care in Plaquemine, LA on LA-1, for an alignment. Joe is very good with race cars.

I warmed the engine and drained the oil and reset all my valves. I had one lash cap that was broken into three pieces. All of the pieces were trapped on the ledge of the valve cover. The top of the valve stem was not harmed and a new lash cap went right on so I could reset the lash. None of the other lash caps looked as if they were having any problems.

I will keep an eye on the valve train a little more often than I normally look at it. This was probably caused by me making a mistake when I set the lash. The lash on almost all of the valves was too loose, anywhere from .001" to .007" off. My hot lash error is normally no more than .002" off. All of the exhaust valves needed to be reset and they were from .004 to .007" off. Most of the intake valves were from .001-.004" off. Again, none were too tight. To find all three pieces of that lash cap was a blessing.

Looking ahead, if the car slows down, then I know I have too much cam. It if goes quicker, it is either just right or I may be able to put more cam in the engine (which is what I had in there before the last rebuild). Remember, my goal is to run 8.99 in the heat of Summer.

March 30, 2010 - Video of Jason Adams Camaro at GM Super Show.

Pizza Joe's Corvette qualifying run on Sat. after blowing engine on Friday. He and his crew worked all night to replace the engine and qualified #1 in Pro Mod.

Silas Rogers Jr. Nova - GM Super Show at State Capitol Raceway - March 27, 2010.

March 29, 2010 - You Tube video: Arnold's two cars, Wilford & Mr. Willie plus Malcolm Phillips, all on one video. These were shot Sunday at the GM Super Show.

My quality is not good, so don't expect hollywood. Video takes a lot of time to review, edit and process.

March 28, 2010 - Earlier I reported that SCR was a "Hot Spot", as in free Wi-Fi. That is not a fact, yet.

Video of: Travis Barber's 8 second Camaro.

March 27, 2010 - The GM Super Show at State Capitol Raceway is a real good event. Today, I watched time trials and most of the eliminations in the "Bonus Race".

The best part of the show, to me, was the Car Show. There was a guy there with a 1946 Mercury convertible (with GM engine). My mom had an identical looking 1948 Mercury convertible. For those of you too young to know/remember, when the USA decided to become involved in WWII, they stopped selling cars to the public in 1941. After the war, the public was allowed to purchase cars again in 1946. That 1946 Mercury is one of those first cars the public was allowed to purchase after the war. In 1948, my father gave my mom that 1948 convertible for her birthday, with a big ribbon tied around the hood (Is that where Lexus got the idea?). Every time I see those Christmas Lexus commercials, I think about my mom and dad.

Here are a couple of video's of Young Blood and Shannun T. Walker during time trials on Sat.

Here are photos of some of the many Racers at the Super Show.

March 26, 2010 - Two more passes, two more disappointments. The first pass was aborted right at the start. The car lunged to the right and then left. The right tire was spinning a lot. I got out of it right at the 60' marker. Everyone with any power was having trouble, but as you will see, my problems were not caused by the track.

When I drove around the pits to warm up my drivetrain, I noticed my oil pressure was about 45 psi at 1000 RPM and would not go much higher when I revved it up. It is normally around 62 psi and will go up to 68-70 when I touch the accelerator. I had already checked everything under the hood, and the engine sounded good. Water temp. was fairly low. I decided to make that first pass and on the return road, with the engine temp. about 165 degrees, the oil pressure was 38 psi at 1000 rpm.

I went back to the pits and decided to put the car up for the weekend. Silas Rogers insisted that we check the oil filter and maybe drain a little oil to inspect it. I drove back home and got a new oil filter and some of the same oil that I am running and got back to the car with time to spare in time trials. The filter was cut open and did not show any metal. The oil was very thick and black, but no particles. We put the new filter on and started the engine. Oil pressure was back to normal at around 62-65 psi at 1000 rpm.

I have never had that kind of trouble with this brand oil filter, AC Delco, and I don't think it is the filters fault. I also have never used oil this heavy before. I am using Mobil-1 20W-50. In the past, I have always mixed Mobil-1 10W-30 (4 qts.) and Mobil-1 20W-50 (3 qts), or just use straight Mobil-1 10W-40. The oil filter is AC Delco, but it is the new replacement for the old PF-35 filter. I think I will use the K&N racing oil filter or the Fram Racing Oil Filter. The jury is still out on the heavy oil. Due to my wide bearing clearances, I use the thicker oil.

I decided to make another pass. This time we only had a little spin of the right wheel, but I still had to drive the car to keep it in the grove. When I got to the finish line, oh bye the way, I had a .007 RT, as I was saying, at the finish line, when I let up, the car wanted to go all over the track at the top end. It was real hard to keep in my lane and hard to make the turn off to the return road. It was a very scary ride from the finish line to the turn off.

Back at the trailer, Houston had been watching the car leave, and had put shoe polish on the wheelie bar wheels before the run. The left wheel had been in constant hard contact with the track, while the right wheel had only very light contact. During Nitro Jam, Houston had raised that wheel about an inch trying to get the car to go straight. We are going to put it back where it was.

When I told Houston about the wild ride on the top end, he went to the front wheels and shook them. The left wheel was tight and normal. The right wheel was very loose and you could hear noise from under the car. We inspected the rack & pinion and found it was completely worn out on the right side under the rubber boot. That right wheel could move several inches on it own. That last run was 9.04 @ 145 MPH, even with all the problems.

Instead of being upset and mad, I feel that I am Blessed to have been able to control the car at that speed and make it back to the trailer. God is Good!

I will have the Rack & Pinion replaced this coming week.

March 24, 2010 - I would like to say hello and God Bless You to my niece, Shauna Haywood and her family, of Daytona Beach, Florida.

Looks like the rain has passed through. We need plenty sunshine to help dry the parking areas. If this show is anything like Super Chevy, we (racers) will not be able to park on the asphalt.

I hope to have Houston Hawkins driving, at least for a few runs, so I can take some good video of my car. Barbara will handle one camera and I will use the other to get front and rear shots. If they come out good, I may post them.

Here is some information copied from the SCR Forum on the GM Super Show entry fees and purses:

GM Super Show Participant Information

Drag Race - $60
Car Show - $45
Swap Meet - $45
Car Corral - $45
Friday Test -N-Tune - $25
Saturday Bonus Race - $35
buy back - $25
Sunday Race Buy back - $50

Motorhome Parking Spots Available
Pit Side Additional parking - $30
___________________________________________________________________________________________

*Bracket Race Purse*

Saturday Bonus Race - Winner- $1200, R/UP- $500, Semi- $200, Qtr.-$100

*Sunday Bracket Race Purse*
B1 - Super Pro/Electronics - Win- $3000, R/Up- $1500, Semi- $500, Qtr.- $200, 1/8th- $100
B2 - Pro/Non-Electronics - Win- $1500, R/UP- $500, Semi- $200, Qtr.- $100, 1/8th- $75
B3 - Street/DOT - Win- $1000, R/UP- $400, Semi- $125, Qtr.- $100, 1/8th- $75
_____________________________________________________________________________________________

*GENERAL ADMISSION*

Friday - $10
Saturday or Sunday - $20
Weekend Pass - $30
Junior Tickets (11 to 15) 1-day = $10 or Weekend= $15
Under 10 - FREE with an adult
Gary Carter

Re: GM Super Show Participant Info

March 23, 2010 - (7:30 pm) State Capitol Raceway has committed to keep the 1320go Live Timing system. Gary talked to Sagera, LLC, provider of the software, today and they will keep the system in operation.)

The Live Timing system is really great when you sign up for membership. All the blanks get filled in for each run. If you are not a member, all you see is the dial-in, 1320 time and MPH. Members see RT and each interval time, plus a lot more. Takes some time to find your way around, but it is time well spent. I love it!

March 23, 2010 (early) I contacted the company that markets www.1320go.com and was told that SCR is "Testing" their system and has had it in place since the Nitro Jam, March 6-7, 2010. SCR has not committed to install the system yet. They offered a refund of my membership money. I have not talked to Gary or anyone at SCR.

I would like to see the system adapted by SCR, but it depends on racer response. I will keep my membership until SCR makes a decision. If you think this is something that you would like, let SCR know. It would probably help.

March 22, 2010 - There is a little known feature of the SCR Forum that allows racers to sign up (purchase) membership at www.1320go.com to be able to get all of our time slips, and your opponents, for one year. This is suppose to be "Live Timing" as the cars go down the track. There is so much more data that can be had at this site. The information comes directly from the tower computer. Check it out at: http://www.1320go.com/statecapitol/livetiming.php

(This is not a fact, yet. 3/28/2010 - Skip)
I understand SCR has free wireless internet access (Hot Spot). Another great innovation by Lanny Lewis. Thanks! (Not Yet!)

March 21, 2010 - I had planned to test today at SCR but it is too cold and windy for me. I will do all my testing at the GM Super Show this weekend at SCR.

March 20, 2010 - Van Johnson participated in the Cajun SportsNationals at No Problem Raceway Park. Chandra, Van's daughter and former driver, was the Crew Chief today. Van won the 1st round (video) and lost in the 2nd round. The Chevelle was looking good, but when can we ever say that that car is not looking good?

I enjoyed watching the 27 Top Sportsman cars qualify. My friend Ed Stuart from Pensacola, FL was here with a new Pontiac GTO, an ex-Pro Stock car. Ed was running in the 7.50 range. My friend Earl Folse was there with his beautiful Camaro, running very good.

Cajun SportsNationals Photos. All of today's photos and video was taken with the new JVC HD Hard Disk Drive Camcorder. First time trying this setup. Fits in my jacket pocket. The resolution is not as good as my other cameras, but is it fine for the internet. My Kodak camera, that I really like, with high resolution and camcorder, is still being repaired.

I completed my taxes. Not as bad as anticipated.

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